Lina Fucà was born in Turin in 1972. After attending the Liceo Artistico, she enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Turin, graduating in painting. In the same years she began to undertake live painting performances with the Il Barrito degli Angeli theatre group. This experience amplified the artist’s desire to make her figurative practice dialogue with other forms of expression such as theatre, music and video. The natural evolution of this dynamic relationship led her to work with scenography and costumes for numerous independent theatrical and movie companies. The interaction between different languages has in recent years become the characteristic of her research, which starts from a reflection on the perception of self in relation to the perception of “others”. This is borne out by the works presented at the Galleria Giorgio Persano in April 2016 where, in a solo show, some works were exhibited that are the result of an interweaving taking the form of multifaceted visual modes: from the projection of a video where the artist and an Egyptian girl compare similar and very different gestures, to the composition of a light box in which the self-portrait results from the overlapping of portraits made by others; from filming of the artist being dressed by women, who transform her into a semblance of herself (a tangible sign of meeting oneself), to the tenacious and slight shadow left on large white sheets that tell the inner journey of a young woman on the threshold of disappearance. In the summer of 2016, the Fondazione Merz offered Lina Fucà an artistic residency in Cuba. From this experience the work was born Non bastano un milione di passi, a reflection on the encounter with the Caribbean island in which photography, video and archaic forms of construction intertwine.
Between May and December 2017, the Italian Cultural Institute of Madrid hosted a solo exhibition entitled Entre las lìneas de mis fronteras.
Paolo Leonardo was born in Turin in 1973, and frequented the Liceo Artistico and the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti. He has been working in Turin since the mid-nineties. His pictorial work represents a challenge to the contemporary media system and takes the form of research based on the interaction between painting and photography. His work is present in several private and public collections, in Italy and abroad. Among the personal exhibitions, it is worth recalling: Oltre la pittura with Mimmo Rotella in 2000, Sala delle Colonne, Mantua and Scatole ottiche at the Galerie Paolo Boselli, Brussels; in 2005, Paolo Leonardo, Galleria Alessandro Bagnai, Florence; in 2008, Riflessioni sul cinema, Galleria Alessandro Bagnai, Florence; in 2010, Paysages en rouge, Galerie Placido, Paris; in 2012, Utopia, Galerie italienne, Paris, in 2013, Meteorite in Giardino, Fondazione Merz, Turin. Among the numerous collective exhibitions: in 1999, Figurazione-Defigurazione, Galleria Civica, Bolzano; in 1999, Turin a Nice une nouvelle generation, Galerie des ponscettes-Galerie de la Marine, Nice; in 2000, La spiritualità nell’arte, da Boccioni a Serrano, Santuario di Oropa, Biella; in 2002, Le quattro Vie del Nuovo Paesaggio nell’Arte Contemporanea Italiana, Gallery of Modern Art, Udine; in 2003, La Pittura come concetto, Palazzo Comunale, Massa Carrara and Gemini-Muse, Museo d’Antichità, Turin; in 2004, XIV Esposizione Quadriennale D’Arte di Roma; in 2006, Something Happened, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava; in 2011, Gran Torino, Frost Art Museum, Miami; in 2012, Arte Sera Live, Fondazione Merz, Turin; in 2013, NA,TO, Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples; in 2014, L’immagine della natività dal medioevo all’arte contemporanea, Palazzo Madama, Turin; in 2015. Bienal del Fin Del Mundo, Mar del Plata, Argentina, and Valparaiso, Chile; in 2016, Dipingere il Presente, Peninsula Art Museum, Weihai, China, La Torre di Babele, Centro Pecci Prato; in 2017, Diritto al Futuro, MISP, Museum of St Petersburg, St. Petersburg.
Daniele Gaglianone was born in Ancona in 1966, and graduated in History and Criticism of Cinema at the University of Turin. Since the early nineties he has collaborated with the Archivio Nazionale Cinematografico della Resistenza (ANCR). In 1998 he collaborated on the screenplay for the film Così ridevano by Gianni Amelio, winner of a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
In 2000 he made his debut in feature film with I nostri anni, selected at the Quinzaine of the Cannes Film Festival in 2001. In 2004 his second feature film Nemmeno il destino participated in the Venice Days section at the Venice Film Festival. In 2005 Nemmeno il destino won the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. In 2008, in the “Ici et Ailleurs” section of the Locarno Film Festival he presented the a documentary about Bosnia: Rata nece biti – la guerra non ci sarà. In 2009 it won the David di Donatello as best Italian documentary.
In 2009 he produced Pietro, his third fictional feature film, selected in the international competition of the Locarno 2010 Festival. In 2011, he directed Ruggine, presented at the Venice Authors’ Days. In 2013 he made La mia classe, presented at the Xth edition of Authors’ Days at the Venice Film Festival. In 2014 he made another documentary, Qui, presented at the 32nd Turin Film Festival, on the struggle in Val di Susa against the Turin-Lyon high-speed line. In 2016 he shot Granma in Lagos in Nigeria, a short film made together with Nigerian director Alfie Nze. In 2017 the film was presented at the Locarno Film Festival. In the same year he shot another short film, Joy, presented at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.
In 2018 he shot the documentary for doc3 called Sorelle d’Italia, and at the Turin Film Festival in 2018 he presented a documentary entitled Dove bisogna stare.